Moore's Law Celebrates 50 Years of Defining the Digital Landscape

By Darren Orf on at

The 3D-printed future hits a setback, Apple Watch apps are plentiful, and an amazing technological achievement turns half a century old.

Electronics magazine turned 35 years old in 1965. To recognise the achievement, co-founder of Intel Gordon Moore took the opportunity to speculate on the future of electronics. He’s what he said:

The complexity for minimum component costs has increased at a rate of roughly a factor of two per year. Certainly over the short term this rate can be expected to continue, if not to increase. Over the longer term, the rate of increase is a bit more uncertain, although there is no reason to believe it will not remain nearly constant for at least 10 years.

However, instead of lasting only 10 years, it’s lasted half a century.

Although Moore’s law has been a guiding principle for so many years, the law is constantly under debate whether it will continue to hold up as chipmakers hit the physical limits of silicon and the ability to escape heat at such a small scale. The current 14nm process is incredibly, incredibly tiny without much room left for chip manufacturers to work with. But for the immediate future, Intel has plans for a new 10nm process and is already working on a 7nm process that may require a 3D package with each die stacked on one another.

The future is definitely uncertain, but at least it’s exciting.

Apps and Devices

  • Sony’s super-thin (and super-expensive) 4K television are up for pre-sale with 43-inch sets starting at $1,300 (£871). [Sony]
  • Makerbot just fired one-fifth of its workforce, perhaps showing a changing tide for 3D printing where hardware and retail is only a small part of additive-manufacturing’s future. [Motherboard]


  • New Sport band colours may be coming to the Apple Watch if images from the Milan Design Week are any indication. [9to5Mac]
  • Thousands of apps will be ready when Apple Watch becomes officially available this Friday, and one among them will be Instagram with its first wearable application. Patently Apple]

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